Hi I’m Val. Here’s a bit about me.
At the ripe old age of seven, after watching an Indiana Jones movie for the first time (I will admit to this…) I wanted nothing more in life than to be an archaeologist. Such dreams crept into school projects throughout my formative learning years and impacted my undergraduate coursework in Anthropology and Visual Arts. While at Fordham University I sought learning experiences outside the classroom to complement my coursework and interned extensively at the American Museum of Natural History in NY. Such an opportunity opened my eyes to the wonder and capabilities of museums as places for learning and meaning-making and ignited my passion to work in this field.
The decision to return to school for my MA was one of the hardest–and best decisions of my life. I left the comfort of family and friends in New York to begin a new adventure in Massachusetts. While pursuing my degree in Museum Education at Tufts University I worked at some wonderful museums and dabbled in exhibition design (which basically changed my life).
I’m almost a decade into my career and on the cusp of no longer being considered “emerging” in my field. That’s scary and wonderful all at the same time. I’ve already had the good fortune of some transformative internships, unbelievable dream jobs, and amazing opportunities. What I love about what I do is the fact that I’m constantly learning, absorbing, interpreting, sharing, and chatting–all about history, nature, and the world. I’ve curated exhibitions about local history and folk art, participated in an excavation of an 18th century home, developed curriculum published on the History Channel website and even received a couple of awards along the way.
I’ve taken a bit of a break from working in a museum to freelance as a graphic designer and educator and this is just my take on it all. When I’m not muse-uming I spend my time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, enjoying music, reading, and house hunting.